Zephyr

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Originally intended to be part of a double album with Scars, Basement Jaxx instead chose to release their more experimental 2009 effort, Zephyr, on its own merits, a wise decision considering its collection of downtempo and ambient self-described "soundscapes" would more than likely have gotten lost amidst the manic cut-and-paste vocal house of its more commercial alternative. Recorded over a two-year period across Berlin, New York, and London, its ten tracks still adhere to the usual "anything goes" Jaxx approach, but apart from the acoustic folk loops, hypnotic beats, and bilingual childlike melodies of "Walking in the Clouds" and the chaotic arcade game electro of "Dark ...
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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Originally intended to be part of a double album with Scars, Basement Jaxx instead chose to release their more experimental 2009 effort, Zephyr, on its own merits, a wise decision considering its collection of downtempo and ambient self-described "soundscapes" would more than likely have gotten lost amidst the manic cut-and-paste vocal house of its more commercial alternative. Recorded over a two-year period across Berlin, New York, and London, its ten tracks still adhere to the usual "anything goes" Jaxx approach, but apart from the acoustic folk loops, hypnotic beats, and bilingual childlike melodies of "Walking in the Clouds" and the chaotic arcade game electro of "Dark Vale," it's an altogether more reflective affair that allows Buxton and Ratcliffe to showcase their unique interpretation of a chillout album. Indeed, only "Where R We Now," a string-soaked collaboration with U.S. jazz baritone José James, would sit comfortably next to the coffee-table arrangements of Zero 7 and Morcheeba, as Jaxx instead revel in their more globetrotting influences, fusing twitchy sitars and brooding Leftfield-esque atmospherics on "Hip Hip Hooray"; blending sci-fi sound effects with flamenco guitars and bossa nova beats on the seductive lounge-pop of "Alkazaar"; and combining their love of ragga, dancehall, and Latin jazz on the melting pot of sounds that is six-minute closer "Ascension." Elsewhere, there are flashes of vocals from Yoko Ono (who appeared on Scars' "Day of the Sunflowers") on the new age-inspired "Sunrising," "Peace of Mind" combines skittering Balearic breakbeats with shimmering '70s Fleetwood Mac guitar hooks, and "Check the Fuse" is an all too short 54-second slice of hazy Americana. The latter's "blink and you'll miss it" running time presents Zephyr's only real problem, as clocking in at just under a rather measly 30 minutes, Buxton and Ratcliffe never really give themselves the opportunity to explore their more ethereal nature. Which is a shame, as while it certainly doesn't contain any potential hits, it's a creative and playful curiosity that adds yet another string to their genre-straddling bow.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/2010
  • Label: Xl Recordings Uk
  • UPC: 634904047825
  • Catalog Number: 0404782
  • Sales rank: 41,873

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro (0:19)
  2. 2 Peace of Mind (7:12)
  3. 3 Alkazaar (3:41)
  4. 4 Hip Hip Hooray (2:53)
  5. 5 Walking In the Clouds (3:39)
  6. 6 Where R We Now (5:14)
  7. 7 Dark Vale (1:32)
  8. 8 Check the Fuse (0:54)
  9. 9 Sunrising (2:01)
  10. 10 Ascension (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Basement Jaxx Primary Artist
Yoko Ono Vocals
Joe Benjamin Vocals
B.J. Cole Steel Guitar
Gene Calderazzo Drums
Oli Savill Percussion, Vocals
Simon Ratcliffe Vocals
Felix Buxton Vocals
London Studio Orchestra Strings
Mulatu Astatke Vocals, Vibes
Channi Singh Vocals
Lisa Kekaula Vocals
Chico Chagas Piano
Khader Ahmad Percussion
Sam Meredith Percussion
Jack Nunn Percussion, Cello
Mona Singh Vocals
Bridget Masque Background Vocals
Monica Bermudez Vocals
Dwayne Ellis Vocals
Ricardo Dos Santos Double Bass
David Gunther Guitar
Ben Edwards Trumpet
Technical Credits
Basement Jaxx Programming, Producer, Engineer, Presentation
Will Malone String Arrangements, String Conductor
Ratcliffe Composer
Adam Noble Programming, Engineer
Rudyard Lee Cullers Engineer
Mat Maitland Art Direction
Howard Rider Engineer
Jack Nunn Engineer
Bernd Laubner Engineer
Andreas Moses Schneider Engineer
Tom Linden Engineer
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